Learning to apply Monk Manual principles to daily life.

The Being + Doing Course is a FREE 30 day video and text based course. Each day during the month of April, Steven Lawson, founder of Monk Manual, will share a brief video message followed by a reflection. Later in the course you will have access to a series of free tools and exercises you can apply right now and take with you as you continue to build more peace, purpose, and productivity into your daily life.

Transcend a flat life-of-grind to one that is full of peace and purpose.

What You Will Learn

  • Integrating Being + Doing

    Learn how being and doing are not mutually exclusive, and how they can work together harmoniously.

  • Time Management

    Look at how you are using your time each day. And learn how to better align your use of time with your values and purpose.

  • Quality vs Quantity

    Discover the important shift between quantitative living and qualitative living.

  • Formula for Fullness

    Discover the formula for fullness, and ten practices to help you support full(er) living in daily life.

  • 10 Free Tools

    Get 10 practical tools to help you be more productive and present each day.

Course curriculum

  • 1

    Day 1 - Your Why

    • What's Your Why

  • 2

    Day 2 - Formula for Fullness

    • A New Way

  • 3

    Day 3 - Focus Isn't Enough

    • Productivity Wisdom

  • 4

    Day 4 - A System of Life

    • PAR Method

  • 5

    Day 5 - What's On Your Table?

    • Bringing Awareness to Your Time

  • 6

    Day 6 - A Deeper Why

    • Yes, But Why?

  • 7

    Day 7 - The Path to Simplicity

    • There Is Nothing Simpler Than Being Yourself

  • 8

    Day 8 - Embracing Honesty

    • Shedding Illusion

  • 9

    Day 9 - Redefining Success

    • Aligning Your Compass

  • 10

    Day 10 - Doing from Home

    • What Keeps Us From Our Work?

  • 11

    Day 11 - Gratitude

    • Gratitude Requires a Certain Type of Endurance

  • 12

    Day 12 - Simplicity

    • There Is an Understated Power to Simplicity

  • 13

    Day 13 - Intentionality

    • Be Aware of Where You Spend Your Energy

  • 14

    Day 14 - Order

    • A Rhythm to the Life You’re Leading

  • 15

    Day 15 - Generosity

    • Real Generosity is not Sudden Grandiose Gestures

  • 16

    Day 16 - Relationships

    • Relationships drive everything we do.

  • 17

    Day 17 - Reflection

    • The past can determine our future

  • 18

    Day 18 - Presence

    • When was the last time you felt joy

  • 19

    Day 19 - Balance

    • Remember the last time you had the flu?

  • 20

    Day 20 - Transcendence

    • A Means, Not an Outcome

  • 21

    Day 21 - Start, Stop, Continue

    • For Getting Clear on Your Yes and Your No

  • 22

    Day 22 - To Do List (Master)

    • For Getting It All Out of Your Head

  • 23

    Day 23 - Warren Buffett Exercise

    • For Figuring Out Your No List

  • 24

    Day 24 - Opportunity Assessment

    • Weighing Your Options

  • 25

    Day 25 - Master Timeline

    • A 12 Month Framework

  • 26

    Day 26 - Time Review

    • Getting Honest About Our Time

  • 27

    Day 27 - Environmental Assessment

    • Turning Down the Noise

  • 28

    Day 28 - Fear vs Love

    • The Power of a Simple Question

  • 29

    Day 29 - Courage and Honesty

    • Fear is the Enemy of Fullness

  • 30

    Day 30 - Trust the Process

    • Staying Inspired

  • 31

    Bonus Content

    • How does the monastic life promote awareness? What is the difference between mindfulness and awareness?

    • How can you limit yourself and keep time for your most important priorities?

    • What inspired the Monk Manual? How did the idea develop and progress?

    • Where do you place everyday life tasks in the Being and Doing "Table Exercise?"

    • How do you keep the right intentions around your priorities and habits?

    • What does it mean to say "there is nothing simpler than being yourself?"

    • How is a person spiritual? What are examples of a person being spiritual or doing things that are spiritual in nature?

    • Who should we model our lives after?

    • How can we start to model our life after the people we admire and imitate certain aspects?

    • How do you discern between a non-negotiable and a priority?

    • How to approach your master timeline goals.

    • How do you choose priorities for self vs priorities that serve others?

    • How to approach time blocking.

    • How do you choose priorities for self vs priorities that serve others?

    • Should I keep my Monk Manuals to look back?


  • Is this really free? What is the catch?

    There is no catch. This course is 100% free. At the core of the Monk Manual mission is a desire to serve people and help them live fuller lives—this is one way we hope to accomplish that mission.

  • How much time do I need to commit to the course?

    Each day we will send a you a new video. Most videos are under 5 minutes in length. While we will have occasional exercises and tools that accompany the day’s lesson you should expect to spend less than 10 minutes a day.

  • Can I invite others?

    Yes. While this course was designed to serve our current Monk Manual users, anyone interested in growing in being and doing can benefit from the course. While the Monk Manual will be referenced—it is not a requirement. If you would like to invite others simply share this sign up page with them.

  • Is there anything I need to do to prepare for the course?

    If you haven't already we invite you to read through The 10 Principles (at MonkManual.com) prior to taking the course. We also suggest setting aside a 10 minute block on your schedule every day to follow the course.